The Los Angeles Rams officially announced they have relieved Jeff Fisher from his head coaching duties and named Special Teams Coordinator John Fassel as the interim head coach on Monday morning.
“This was solely based on performance,” Rams Executive Vice President of Football Operations and Chief Operating Officer Kevin Demoff said. “It’s unfortunate for him today because this is an organizational failure. This is just not about the head coach and coaching staff. We have to improve across the board.”
Los Angeles is 4-9 this season and has scored a league-low 194 points. With the lack of success on the field, capped by a 42-14 blowout loss at the hands of the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, spelled the end for Fisher, who tied Dan Reeves for the most career losses in NFL history with 165 regular-season defeats.
Fisher served as the head coach of the Rams since 2012 when the organization was still in St. Louis and amassed a record of 31-45-1 in nearly five seasons overseeing the team in their first season in Los Angeles.
In a press conference later in the day, Chief Operating Officer Kevin Demoff spoke on the team’s future moving forward.
“Collectively, we all felt it was the best chance to move forward and finish the season with some direction and hope and begin the process of building for 2017,” Demoff said. “We need to get better moving forward and that process really begins today.”
With young talent like rookie quarterback Jared Goff and 2015 Offensive Rookie of the Year Todd Gurley still on the roster, the Rams will move forward under Fassel as they prepare for their Thursday Night Football showdown against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 14.
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